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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahahaha I thought you wrote "It was hardcore" a the end of that.
Either way fits. Hehehehe

WOW THAT IS SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!!

The only bargains found here are in second hand bookstores, thus they are old books. Hardly ever recent ones.

BUT WOW THAT IS AWESOME! Hahahah you're so lucky!
Or maybe you used some mindpowers on them.. Either way, good work!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It WAS hardcore. haha. A one time hardcore thing, though. It really is impossible to get any new books for a low price. Bastards.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This just goes to show how expensive books are in Australia. It's downright impossible to pick up a bargain.

Except for this one time I practically begged the people at Angus and Robertson to sell me a book before it was on sale. Wanna hear? Whatever, I'm telling you anyway.

So Seven Ancient Wonders was coming out, and it turned out they were having a BIG BOOK SALE! at the same time as its release. And it was only going to be 6 bucks. I practically ran down several pedestrians in my mad dash to the bookstore that day, and when I got there all smiles, I asked them for the book.

The person at the desk was like, "The sale starts tomorrow."
I was like, "What?" *dies*
They were pretty nice. I guess I probably looked as though someone had killed my dog or something because they asked me whether I was alright. The thing was, I wouldn't have been able to make it the next day at all, and it was pretty obvious the books would go flying out the window.

So I'm like, "I can't make it tomorrow. I really want this book. Is there any way I could get it now?" I was expecting them to say no, but the person said, "I'll go ask my manager."

He disappeared into the storeroom and came out a few minutes later with his manager in tow. And the book. I almost died from happiness. The manager was like, "We're only doing this for you, okay? Otherwise, the sale officially starts tomorrow."

But I didn't care because I HAD THE BOOK. And they bent the rules to get it to me. Booyah! Then the manager said something about them only having 5 copies of the book, and I felt even more smug that I'd snatched mine before evil bookstealers did so the next day. It was hardcover.


I can buy Matthew Reilly books for $2 at the milk bar around the corner. They haven't got the latest one out there though, I don't really mind -- not a huge fan.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was the hardcover giant copy when it came out. hehe. Even so, I can't get the smaller paperback ones for less than $15. It's stupid, and sucks.

But the milk bar, huh? I've never thought of looking somewhere like that.

Actually, Matthew Reilly reminds me of something I need to tell Heather.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know, books in Australia are way too expensive. That's why I barely ever buy now. I usually just get them from the library.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Word, heh. I just can't afford to keep buying them. Only my favourites get bought (you know... if bookstores ever STOCK them.)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.. Hahahahha.. Word... Oh god you rock Ammy. Haha.

Yeah I don't mind books that are 15-20 bucks. I just hate how some, when they first come out, are 30 or 40 bucks.. Just because they are hardback or have a bigger franchise or something. Seriously, paperback! I usually wait till paperback until I buy books. Just read 'em at the library or instore (hehe) until I can afford to buy them (if I like them, that is).
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paperback is usually the way I go, unless it's something I MUST have. Then I buy it for the painstaking $30-$40. I hate that we pay that much for them. It's stupid and irritating and downright AUSTRALIANIST.

Yeah, that's right. If there can be a racist and sexist, there can be an Australianist.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heh.

hardcovers are over-priced. and then when a book gets really popular the price is raised too.

my copy of Twilight, paperback, was $9...it's now like 15 paperback. ridiculous.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nine?! WOAH! Thats awesome!

I love our dollar at the moment. I really wanna go over to the US and buy a whole load of stuff whilst our dollar ROCKS!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what I've been thinking.

We're hovering close to 90c AND I WANT TO BUY EVERYTHING I CAN WHILE IT LASTS! Otherwise it'll go back down to 60c and we'll be suffering like madmen. Or madwomen.
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden is an amazing book. I'm really loving this series.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read the first Maximum Ride and ohmygod it is AWESOME!
Now I need to read the second.
Luckily, its waiting for me patiently in my room.. Hehehe
Eeeeek, books excite me way too much.

Oh, and I also finally read Eclipse.
Interesting.
Too much love and sacrificial stuff, though.
It was so much more fun/interesting when we learnt stuff about Jacob and the pack or the Cullens.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the tiny, action-packed chapters of Maximum Ride and the story was really good, the problem for me was that it started too abruptly. Yeah it sounds funny -- how can a book start abruptly? -- but there seemed to be a whole book missing before the first chapter, which made me wonder if The Angel Experiment was the second book or something.

They should have made a book before that about Max and the flock escaping from the School with Jeb. And I like Ari, the way he kept on turning up, sort of like a terminator... Didn't like Angel, she sounds spoiled and creepy.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like Angel either...she knows too much. Characters like that are unnerving.

Love Ari. in every book. you can't help but pity him.


I've heard the new Max Ride book is terrible. bummer.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angel was the creepiest six year old to ever inhabit a book. hehe. Maybe not, but she was still really creepy. And at so many stages in the books I just wished Ari would get a break. He must have the worst luck ever.

I didn't even realise the fourth book had come out. haha. I've been so caught up in other stuff. I thought the third book bordered on ridiculous, though. The way there was a teen uprising was really quite lame. It was as though James Patterson put that in to look as though he was "in touch" with the younger tech-savvy generations. Would you really believe a guy on a blog who claimed he was part-human part-bird? And then go to a castle in Germany to help out his cause? Apart from that, though, I love the books. They're much better than his older books.


I'm reading Blue Bloods at the moment and I just can't seem to get into it. And I'm 100 pages in. With the characters... I can safely say I don't particularly like any of them. Schuyler is boring, and the constant descriptions of "She was looking particularly pretty today." just make me dislike the book. The whole best-friend-likes-girl-but-she-doesn't-realise storyline is so overused, and in this story it was forced on you from word go ("I always look at you," he said, blushing uncharacteristically....Or something along those lines).

Why am I getting a really creepy vibe from Jack and Mimi's relationship? The descriptions make it seem incestuous somehow. Like... obviously there's nothing like that going on, but there's just this feeling about it that creeps me out.

Dylan... not that interesting. Bliss... Not so interesting either.
With the story, I feel as though the author is taking it too slowly. There's intrigue, but I'd appreciate it if she could just get on with it... around about now, please. The hints at vampires are definitely interesting, but there's just not enough, and it feels as though she's stretching out the start way too much. At some point, it just became annoying waiting for the secret to be told.

I could be wrong about this. As I said, I'm 100 pages in. I feel as though a book should be holding my interest by this stage. Hopefully, it gets better.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first one took me longer, and I definitely like Masquerade better...Bliss is a way better character in the second book. I like her better than Schuyler.

And Ammy...their relationship IS incestuous. sort of. It's really complicated. and even when you know the truth, it won't stop making your skin crawl. I think that's the strongest part of the story actually, that it's their destiny to be together and it should feel right, but it feels so wrong that you want it to go differently, that it just has to.

That is a pale description of what I really mean, but I think the world in Blue Bloods is interesting I guess, that draws me in more than the characters. The characters didn't attach me at all, the idea did.
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Wow...

Goodness. That sounds disturbing.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's a car wreck. you can't stop reading because you just have to SEE.
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, there is a fourth one? Wow.
And here I am just finishing up the second. Oh well.
I'll find them sooon.
And ditto on the creepy Angel-ness. That whole persuading the woman to get her a teddy was entirely creepy. Then making the Erasers drop in mid air?
Heh. Okay. Running away..... now!

I read Unseen by.. Rickie.. something.. something.. I've forgotten his name. I think Ash mentioned it on here a couple of times. It was intruiging and the ending.. startled me. I'm guessing that their story doesn't continue on in any of the other books? It was a nice change.. A short story. Well, not short.. But it wasn't a big book. I read it after I finished Eclipse and well.. yeh. BIG difference in sizes there. Haha.
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently read Airhead by Meg Cabot. It's one of her better books, I think. I loved the premise, even though it creeped me out and made me feel really sorry for Em. I can't wait to read the sequel...which comes out in a year. Ergh.
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I read The Angel Experiment some time ago and decided to check out School's Out Forever - the second Max Ride book by James Patterson. And it was quite honestly bad. James Patterson never wrote the Max series well, but the second book was so badly written. It's incredible that it became an international best-selling book, it was so badly written. He's tying all these plotlines together and adding in new character links and emotions - like some stupid Fang/Max relationship that I really couldn't care less about. I spent a huge portion of the book waiting for Max to tell Angel that's it isn't right to brainwash people, use her mind to control people, etc. but it seems she's only able to fight with the others over simple, petty things like whether they cleaned their room. Not whether they're mind-controlling the president. Oh yeah, I even didn't like Max in this book, only Nudge seemed okay in this book (I've always liked her best). Fang was as usual, mopey and a pointless character and this time he also does a lot of speaking between punching, he's so lame. Iggy's crying gets boring. Gasman's just annoying. Angel = creep. Max is the biggest hypocrite and usually I enjoy her sarcasm, but she just annoyed me in this. As usual I loved Ari and also Max II (not Max I - she's annoying). It's so unrealistic that these kids are able to go on computers and see pictures of themselves and go "oh yeah, that's me" or "look, this is a data-base that shows where are parents live".
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone read anything by Sarah Addison Allen?
She is relatively new
But I have read both of her novels so far
Garden Spells
Sugar Queen

they are both wonderful
she just has such a way with her descriptions and the little magical quirks that some of her characters have are wonderful
I would tell you some but it would spoil you so i wont
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well worth the read
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

argh! there is a perfectly awesome thunderstorm going on and I have nothing good to read during it! the world is not just!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seven Ancient Wonders - Everybody knows Matthew Reilly has little writing talent, but this is his worst book by far. Contrived characters, unrealistic situations - they break into Guantanamo Bay - weak dialogue and the entire story is written like a video game. And as usual, he brings in some "badass" character with little personality: this time it's some loser called Jack West. Great.
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That's the point.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is what the point? Question
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His books are supposed to have unrealistic situations. They're supposed to be written and be read like an action movie/video game. There's supposed to be very mafioso, unbelievable characters. It's all part of the package.

His books are purely for entertainment value. He knows it, his agent knows it, his publisher knows it. That's what makes them sell.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds like a good marketing tactic to me
i mean the romance novel industry has done pretty much the same thing only with a different genre and they are a HUGE market
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Yeah, I understand that. But why did he have to get off all those anti-American / anti-Christian / anti-Islamic ideas off his chest and into the book? That Wizard guy - was it him? Couldn't be Jack - he never spoke - wouldn't shut up about how bad he thought the Americans were... and is it seriously true that the president has these body guards who have licenses to kill? That's sort of scary...

Has anyone read The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult?
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I think you've got it wrong here. Matthew Reilly definitely isn't anti-American. He's stated the complete opposite in so many interviews. He pointed out that Jack West is his first Australian hero (well, apart from the kid in Hover Car Racer). Before this, Shane Schofield was his best selling hero. He was American.

I highly doubt he's anti-Christian or anti-Islamic. It doesn't even get mentioned in his books! It doesn't come across at all, Izzy! And he's clearly not the kind of person who would be either of these. And even if he is (the chances of this being true are next to zero) he definitely wouldn't put it in his books.

In this book, the Americans were the bad guys. So were a dozen other nations of the world, Izzy. Matthew Reilly wasn't making a point. He was writing fiction.


And yes, I have read The Tenth Circle. I really liked the cartoons between each chapter. They were great. Apart from that, I thought the big twist that was revealed at the end was predictable, although it might not have been for others. I don't know for sure.

I think... the book wasn't anywhere near as good as some of her others. Right after this, Nineteen Minutes came out, which was excellent, so I feel The Tenth Circle didn't get all that much publicity. I'd hate to go to Trixie's school, though. heh.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

amusingly enough, the Tenth Circle premiered as a tv-movie last night. I have it recorded to watch, and I bought the book to read afterwards...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ammy wrote:
I think you've got it wrong here. Matthew Reilly definitely isn't anti-American. He's stated the complete opposite in so many interviews. He pointed out that Jack West is his first Australian hero (well, apart from the kid in Hover Car Racer). Before this, Shane Schofield was his best selling hero. He was American.

I highly doubt he's anti-Christian or anti-Islamic. It doesn't even get mentioned in his books! It doesn't come across at all, Izzy! And he's clearly not the kind of person who would be either of these. And even if he is (the chances of this being true are next to zero) he definitely wouldn't put it in his books.

In this book, the Americans were the bad guys. So were a dozen other nations of the world, Izzy. Matthew Reilly wasn't making a point. He was writing fiction.



Pretty crap fiction, that's why so many people consider it "one of the worst books they've ever read". He was no way near as bad in AREA 7.

Yes, obviously he wouldn't go into an interview and say "I'm an anti-American" (he'd be insulting his readers, but he doesn't seem like a very smart guy in the first place), even if he was -- but there are definitely some strong anti-American themes in it (fine, maybe he isn't anti-American himself, but the book was, I'm surprised you say it isn't).

He claimed all Americans bad from the very start, one of the one-dimensional characters spoke about the American people being greedy and wanting to have control all over the world.... blah-blah-blah, then personality devoid Jack West blabbers on about Americans being bad... okay done.

If you can get passed the bad grammar, excessive use of italics and BOLD, CAPS LOCK and !!!!, you will see that there's a part where Matthew Reilly claims that most Islamic men will rape a woman not wearing a head-scarf, yup and then Princess Zoe (LMAO) simpers something about Pooh Bear (LMAO x 2) not being like those men. So all Islamic men are bad apart from Pooh Bear? ....Right.

Even Stretch (Pakistani? Palestinian? What was he again?) and that terrorist they so unrealistically stole from Guantanamo Bay are depicted as shifty bad guys. Also, Reilly seems pretty keen to let us all know that America love war, love to kill, blah-blah-blah seriously, so many people agree with me, it's not funny.

And he had some fun ripping off The Da-Vinci Code with some stupid idealogy (he bragged about creating an alphabet in one interview) that we've all seen from Dan Brown - (well, fine, I haven't read the book, but it's so incredibly famous, who doesn't know what it's about?).

All of this aside, Matthew Reilly seems pretty ambitious, he writes worse than James Patterson and he wants to make one of his books, a movie! Hopefully it is AREA 7 or CONTEST (both which are just okay) and not the absolutely horrifically awful Seven Ancient Wonders. But then, this guy seems pretty ambitious. I'm not going to dwell on that huge ego of his though, I don't have enough words for that.
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I sold some of my books that I didn't want yesterday
I got 30 dollars in store credit
and of course they have a HUGE book selection

I spent all day trying to find books
but there were sooo many
and all were around 15 bucks (lower if they were used)

So in the end I only got one book:
Generation Dead


All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occuring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same. Termed "living impaired" or "differently biotic," they are doing their best to blend into society again.

I am already a couple of chapters in and so far its really great
Just the idea of zombies trying to blend back into society (especially in a really hostle high-school environment -like regular high school isnt bad enough- is a really neat idea)

I also got a leatherbound copy of The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - its all five novels in one edition
I am also a couple of chapters into that and its hilarious
That style of writing (also seen in the Thursday Next series) is hilarious and wonderful ^o^
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I am in the middle of the third Hitchhiker book...but I lost it. I borrowed that same edition from a friend and now it has disappeared into the detritus of my messy room. I have a little over a week to find it and finish them in time to give it back to him.

Generation Dead looks really good. that's on my amazon wish list for sure.
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I am amazed at how much of the book content from the first actually made it into the movie
Although Trillion is supposed to be black?
That was a surprise, lol

So far its hilarious and I love it XD

And Gen Dead is really good so far
I want to get to the meat of it though ^.^
Past all the fluff of the first chapters want straight to the core
Eeeeeeeeeeee
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Ohhh my goodness I am LOVING Red Dwarf by Grant Naylor.
It reminds me of Hitchhikers an awful lot. But it is smegging brilliant!

Alas...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One word: Heidi.

How can you not love it?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read Valiant by Holly Black. It's a creepy, dark, urban fantasy sort of story. It's very edgy and gritty, but it's well-written. However the characterizations of the character Ravus lacks depth. Some are good, though; particular the lead-character Valerie who isn't "valiant" by any conventional stretch of the word.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I skipped Valiant because it didnt have the characters from Tithe
and went straight to Ironside
Both Tithe and Ironside were lovely
But if its worth it as you say, I could give Valiant a chance, lol
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you liked Tithe or Ironside, you should definitely read Valiant. I actually haven't read Ironside, but Tithe is better than Valiant. There's just something gritty and edgy about Valiant that Tithe didn't have, it has this grimy quality. As a recently-written fairytale, it's not as good as THE DARKANGEL, but it's still pretty good.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oo I enjoyed Valiant!! I haven't read Tithe or Ironside yet, though.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lil you MUST read them
they are wonderful

and oddly enough the guy from the books (Robien) looks a lot like the evil guy from the new Hellboy movie
Only the guy in the HB movie looks evil and Robien looks dreamy, like Legolas XD XD XD
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting... I read about a hundred pages of Valiant and got bored out of my wits. It was the first book... ever... that I've ever put down halfway. I usually give them a go, but Valiant was just lacking (for me).

The only part which seemed remotely interesting was the drug or whatever they were taking. I don't remember much about it, though. I think I might have another stab at reading Valiant. There must be something good about it if everyone loves it. haha
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I kept on reading it - it WAS boring at parts - but the disgusting things Val, Lolli and Dave were doing... I couldn't tear my eyes away from the page. Reading about the drug was so disturbing, a lot of people (mainly adults) hate this book because it makes drugs seem glamorous.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read the book Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

It was quite different from the movie, it felt younger, and was in some weird contradiction less complicated at some parts and much more complicated in others. You learn so much more about Sophie and a lot less about Howl (or so it feels) and there's this weird cross-over between the imaginary world and Wales...a lot of things are unexplained but it doesn't seem to matter; everything is easily ghost chaptered.* It was an interesting read, and I'm really glad I bought it. I enjoyed it. Although my favorite lines from the movie were not present, but I'll survive.

Apparently there are two more books with Howl and Sophie as characters, and I think some of what was used in the movie were taken from the other two.


*ghost chapter is the technical term for when a reader mentally fills in the blanks in the storyline based on logic from what was previously read
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. It's really weird because I remember discussing this with Jodi Picoult about a year back. When I picked up this book a few weeks ago, it was a few books down on my reading list. Now I've gotten to it and I really wish I'd read it... well, a year ago.

It's very beautifully written, and the story is compelling. I still have quite a way to go before I finish it, but I definitely recommend it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh! I've read that one. Just finished The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. It starts off great and then falls flat and ends badly. Pretty good, though. It's set 100 years into the future, in a small strip - a new country - that has grown between USA and Mexico called Opium (because it grows Opium). It has a lot to do with clones.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished reading The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. It had me up all night, because I just couldn’t put it down. It really is compulsively readable.

I still recommend the book. The first 100 or so pages are brilliant, and they suck you in, but it does lose *something* as you go on, though it still remains good reading. I think it’s the direction the story goes in and plot details that let the book down towards the later-middle and end of the story.

Kim Edwards’ style is a lot like Jodi Picoult’s. The book is reminiscent of My Sister’s Keeper or slightly more adult books that Jodi writes. But even then, it’s quite different. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is slow, and it encompasses a lot more than Jodi usually does, in terms of time and events. There aren’t any of those vague, yet somehow profound statements that you see so very often in Jodi’s books. You know the ones—the dialogue that nobody in real life ever says, which punctuates chapters of her novels: “I don’t know,” she said softly, shaking her head. “Sometimes I just don’t know.”
It’s not there in this book, and when it is, it fits seamlessly into the story, as simply a line on the page, not the ending to a chapter. This realness is nice, because it feels less like the author is saying something deliberately vague but thoughtful so you can be awed by it.

You’d probably find yourself “siding” with a character, so to speak. This is a book that explores grey areas, and at times, I found myself frustrated by the eventuality that was certain: someone was going to get hurt. But this just made me respect the book so much more, because that’s EXACTLY what life is like; you make a devastating decision, and the consequences are never nice.

I think you’ll end up really caring for the characters, or rather, “your” character—the one you’ve either forgiven or who you sympathise with (if you read the book, you’ll know what I mean about this). Everyone is so human that you become emotionally involved in the story, whether you admit it or not. You feel their losses; you want the story to go a different way.

I cried when reading this novel—in several places, actually. And I’m absolutely convinced that if anyone else reads it, they won’t cry at the same things I did, if they cry at all (which you probably will). That’s what makes this book special in a way… the parts that hit you hardest, emotionally, will be that parts that you have experienced yourself, or which you have a strong empathy for. It’s your individual experiences that make the way you respond to this story.

Overall, you probably won’t remember this book making a profound impact on your life at all, and you won’t think it’s one of the best books ever, but it’s so brutally honest, and because of this, so very confronting, that you’ll be completely engrossed until the last page.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. As usual, she writes like a fanfiction writer and overall, the book - like most of her books - was one which I had to force myself to read through. Personally I don't think she's a great writer, her writing is sort of wooden... and her characters are usually (with exceptions) dull. Roughly this book is about a woman who thinks her child is communicating with God.
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